Cliffside Park Rec. Wrestling Tournament 2011

I love to capture sports! There’s so much more raw emotion in sports that it’s a nice change from Weddings or Events. Football mainly but because Football season is during Wedding season, I only made it out to a few games last season. When I was asked to cover CP Rec’s Wrestling Tournament again this year, I was excited. However when I got there I kept looking at these little kids and envisioning my son Zackery, who is 4 1/2 as I write this. My wife and I already agree that we don’t want him to play football, even though (Al Bundy moment coming) I played H.S. Football and threw 4 Touchdowns in one game and hold the school record for most TD’s in a season. You’d figure I’d want him to follow in my footsteps. That’s a big negative! I want him to use his head for thinking and school but I can already see that he likes physical contact, like his dad, and will most likely want to play… oh well.

Anyway, back to wrestling, I see these kids grabbing and throwing each other all over the mat and I wonder if Zack would like to participate. I also wonder how I’ll react to watching him pummel kids or get pummeled. Watching matches through a viewfinder gives me/you a deeper sense of what it takes to put on a tight onesie and trot out there and grapple with another human. Some of the kids look happy, some scared, but a rare 1-2 looked very intense & aware of what they were doing. Those are the kids that will go to States and whoop some butt! I’m not sure the real reason that parents let there kids wrestle. I think I’m going to do a survey @ the next match.

Check out some images of CP’s Tournament and let me know if I should let my son try out next year…

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